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Keep your personal seal handy with this adorable and convenient twist on the traditional hank stamp.

Last month, we took a moment to ooh and aah over Nekozukan, a new line of hanko (the personal stamps used to authorize documents in Japan in place of a signature) featuring adorable illustrated kitties next to your name. However, depending on your lifestyle, you might not have need of a dedicated hanko often enough to keep one of the pinky-sized cylinders in arm’s reach. If so, maybe what you need is this more versatile combination pen/mechanical pencil with a built-in cat hanko holder at the end.

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Produced by online hanko retailer Hankozu, the Nekozukan Name Pen Type makes use of the company’s special hanko stubs. The stub slides into the non-writing end of the pen, so a quick flip of the instrument allows you to open the cap and stamp away with your kitty hanko.

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▼ Note: There are actually seven, not eight, steps for installing the hanko stub, although we assume most users will, once finished, choose to look at a cute cat.

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The pen itself comes in four different colors: matte black, blue, orange, and champagne gold, which just sounds so much more mature and sophisticated than “apple cider gold” would.

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With 16 different illustrated cats to choose from, you might have trouble fixing upon a favorite feline…

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…but thankfully, you don’t actually have to. While the pen comes bundled with one hanko stub for 6,500 yen (US$54), the stubs are removable, which means you can order others for 2,000 yen each, then rotate them in or out at your discretion.

▼ Removing the stub

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Aside from choosing which illustration you want, you can further customize the hanko by choosing from one of eight different fonts.

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You can also pick from one of six colors for the pen’s ink: orange, red, black, blue, green, or purple. As a final personalized touch, a name, up to eight letters in length, can be emblazoned on the pen.

▼ Hankozu says it’s totally OK with that name being either yours or your cat’s.

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The Nekozukan Name Pen Type can be ordered through Rakuten here, and if you need an alternate hanko stub (or two, or three, or…) those can be ordered here.

Source: IT Media
Images: Rakuten/Hankozu (edited by RocketNews24)